Professional Development for Educators

The GSC and Professional Development for Educators

The GSC sponsors a variety of professional development activities for those who wish to improve their teaching/practice and understanding of critical global issues.

Global Issues Through Literature - Global Health and Gender Equality

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions take place in 4130 Posvar Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Thursdays. Books, Act 48 credit, dinner, and parking are provided. Click date below to register and on the respective book cover to learn more about the story.

April 23, 2020

Cosponsored by the NCTA and the ASC
Dr. Brenda G. Jordan & Stephen Wludarski, NCTA and Asian Studies Center
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Past Global Issues Workshops

February 27, 2020

Discussion led by Carmen A. Martinez, Ed.D. Adjunct Faculty of Modern Languages at Duquesne University
Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies

January 23, 2020


Cosponsored by the NCTA and the ASC
 Discussion led by East Asian Languages and Literature's Dr. Elizabeth Oyler

 November 21, 2019

Cosponsored by the ESC and the REEES
Discussion led by GSPIA Ph.D. Candidate Dijana Mujkanovic

October 3, 2019


Discussion held by Dr. Kat Lieder

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Current Professional Development Workshop Events

Interdisciplinary Global Educators Working Group

*Post-Poned, new dates will be coming soon*

*K-12 Professional Development Call for Applications

Have you wished for the opportunity to work with colleagues at your school to globalize a unit, lesson, or module? Collaborate across disciplines with colleagues from your school to (re)design the global curriculum! This program will provide teachers with the time, space, and material support to gather with like-minded colleagues and (re)design an interdisciplinary, global unit or lessons. We are accepting applications from teams of 2-4 teachers, librarians, curriculum development specialists, and/or administrative personnel. Free parking, Act 48 credit, and a stipend provided to each participant as well as a mini-grant offered to each team for curricular materials. This Working group is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, European Studies Center, and Center for Russia, East European and Eurasian studies.

*Attendance at all Saturday sessions is required. All Working Groups will be held in a web-based capacity.*


Direct questions to Maja Konitzer.

Past Event

Chasing Leviathan

Join us for this FREE professional development mini course on the world of Whaling from New England to Europe to Japan. Speakers will address topics such as the lives of sailors, what parts of a whale and what kinds of whales were harvested, the global commodity chain of whaling, and a challenge to the contemporary Japanese narrative about the importance of whaling to Japan.


In this workshop for K-14 Educators, participants will gain access to resources on teaching about cultural interactions as a topic of study. Using examples from the arts, technology and trade, we will explore primary sources that illustrate how to teach about these interactions through documents, objects, and artworks that represent modes of interaction. Dinner, parking, and Act 48 credit are provided. Click on date below to register

Presented by Susan Douglass, Ph.D. Center For Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Learn More about our upcoming events or contact Maja Konitzer with any questions.